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Recently, developers at the New York Public Library dipped into the institution’s vast archive of historical maps and converted a tract of uptown Manhattan land into a Minecraft world. The video above shows Fort Washington — near 160th Street and the Hudson River — as it looked in 1860, according to the vintage contour map […]

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The New York Public Library just released an embarrassment of riches for cartography nerds everywhere: the institution’s collection of 20,000 vintage maps are now free to download and use in ridiculously high resolution. There’s plenty of vintage NYC goodness to peruse, and maps from other cities as well. The full-res section of this circa-1855 map […]

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It’s not often that libraries have more to offer than books, but a new exhibit at the New York Public Library is worth a look. “Not a Cough in a Carload: Images Used by Tobacco Companies to Hide the Hazards of Smoking,” is a collection of vintage cigarette ads that were responsible for hooking generations […]

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There’s an interesting new exhibit at the New York Public Library: “Eminent Domain” fills Gottesman Hall with the work of five photographers and wall texts by a sixth, each of whom documents a unique experience of the city. The work of each of the different photographers is distinct, reflecting their different concerns and techniques. Thomas […]

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